Top Junior, Optical Physicist, & Student Profile (September 2016)

Princeton University recognized four undergraduates at Opening Exercises this past weekend for their commitment to academics and the Princeton community. Lydia T. Liu, NJ D 2017, received the 1939 Princeton Scholar Award, which is awarded each year to the undergraduate who has achieved the highest academic standing for all preceding college work at the University.

Liu is from Singapore and majoring in operations research and financial engineering. She is mentorship chair for Princeton Women in Computer Science and director of projects for the Princeton University Language Project. Liu gives tours of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is a member of the William Trego Singers. Read the news article for more bio details on Liu who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in machine learning.

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Alexis K. Vogt, Ph.D. (NY K ’01), has been honored as a “40 under 40” by the New York Photonics (Rochester Regional Cluster). In addition, she will be a speaker at the New York Photonics Annual meeting on October 27, 2016, in Rochester, NY. Dr. Vogt is endowed chair & associate professor of Optics at Monroe Community College where she teaches the “only Optical Systems Technology program in the nation.”

According to the announcement, Dr. Vogt earned her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics, was the recipient of the 2000 Institute of Optics Faculty Award, and was awarded the 2012 CEO Award at Bausch & Lomb. As an optical physicist, she says “I want more families to encourage their children to pursue interests in science and physics, especially their daughters.”

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Biomedical engineering senior Dinal S. Jayasekera, DC G 2017, was recently profiled on The George Washington University campus blog to tell his story about why he became a resident assistant (RA). An international student from Sri Lanka, he was struggling to adjust to a new culture and a demanding course load. Fortunately, his RA noticed something was wrong and took the time to assist Jayasekera and build his confidence.

He hopes to inspire and mentor residents in the same way. “I’m excited to be an RA, specifically for freshman. Freshman are interesting to work with because they will present a wide array of responses to situations and I like the challenge of being able to be there for residents when the need arises,” said Jayasekera. Click here to read the article for more on Jayasekera who currently serves as DC Gamma Chapter vice president of Tau Beta Pi.

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